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Ex-wrestler Jesse Ventura wins $2.2m over description of bar fight in ex-Navy Seal's book

Published on Jul 30, 2014 7:36 AM
 
Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura claps during the Minnesota Timberwolves' NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, in Minneapolis in May 14, 2004. A US jury decided on Tuesday that former wrestler Jesse Ventura was defamed in a best-selling book's description of a bar fight and awarded him US$1.8 million (S$2.2 million). -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US jury decided on Tuesday that former wrestler Jesse Ventura was defamed in a best-selling book's description of a bar fight and awarded him US$1.8 million (S$2.2 million).

Ventura, 63, who catapulted to national fame when he was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, had sued over his portrayal in the book American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military History.

The book's author, Chris Kyle, a former member of the US Navy Seals, died after the case was filed but Ventura pressed ahead and sued the author's estate.

As a well-known and outspoken public figure, Ventura had to prove a difficult case under the law. But the jury sided with Ventura, concluding that the author knew what he wrote was untrue or that he harboured doubts about its truth.

 
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